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Running Background:

I consider myself an intermediate runner and I primarily run for fitness. I decided to run a half marathon because the distance requires training, but not as much training as a marathon.


I trained for 9 weeks following a 3-day per week program from Runner's World magazine. Tuesday's were speed workouts, Thursday's were tempo runs and Saturday's were long runs. In addition, the program recommends cross-training on off days which I didn't do, but probably should have. During my training I averaged 10-15 miles per week. For people thinking about running a half marathon I would make sure you don't skip the long runs and run them slow. Use the speed workouts and tempo runs to improve your speed.

Race Day:

The 2006 University of Okoboji Half Marathon was not quite what I expected. The weather was extremely hot and the course was hilly. The race course is nice after mile 4 because you run around Lake Okoboji which is nice. I didn't meet my goal, because I was hoping to run it in 1:45 and I missed that by about 8 minutes. I wasn't too disappointed considering the heat and hills.


My recovery was pretty rough. My quads were stiff and sore for several days. I'm not sure if it was because of the hills or heat and dehydration. I stretched after the race, but it didn't seem to help.

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Tips/Words of Encouragement:

To someone thinking about running a half marathon I would say find a training plan that fits your schedule and stick with it. A half marathon obviously requires training, but isn't as much of a time commitment as a full marathon.

Plans to Run Another:

This was my sixth half marathon and I'm planning to do several more if I can remain injury free. I would also like to do a full marathon in the near future. For my next half marathon, I'll try to increase the intensity of my speed workouts and increase my overall weekly mileage. The program I followed recommended cross training which I didn't do and I think that is something I'll do next time as well.

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